Maple Leaves at Rangers tonight


Courtesy of the NYR:

Saturday, Jan. 26, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 1-3-0 (2 pts)
Maple Leafs: 2-2-0 (4 pts)

The Rangers will begin a three-game homestand when they face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 1-3-0 (2 pts) record, following a 2-1 loss against the Flyers on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center. The loss ended the Rangers’ eight-game winning streak against the Flyers, including a four-game winning streak at Philadelphia. The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 2-2-0 (4 pts) record, following a 7-4 loss against the Islanders on Thursday at Toronto. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will continue their three-game homestand when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.

All-Time: 220-272-95-6
 overall (127-111-56-3 at home; 93-161-39-3 on the road)

  • 2013: Tonight the first of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden
  • Last Season: New York was 2-2-0 overall (0-2-0 mark at home; 2-0-0 mark on the road). The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 12-13 (92.3%) in the season series. Marian Gaborik led all skaters with three goals, and tied for the series lead in scoring with four points. Brad Richards led the team with three assists in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-2-0 with a 3.30 GAA, while Martin Biron posted a 20-save shutout in his only appearance against Toronto last season.
  • The Rangers have recorded a point in 10 of their last 12 meetings with the Maple Leafs (8-2-2 over the span), and have out-scored Toronto, 43-23, during the stretch
  • New York ranked seventh with a 27-12-2 (56 pts) record at home last season; Toronto tied for 20th with a 17-21-3 (37 pts) mark on the road last season
  • The Rangers were 11-8-1 vs. the Northeast Division last season; the Maple Leafs were 9-6-5 vs. the Atlantic Division last season
  • New York lists one former Maple Leaf on their roster: Anton Stralman (2007-08 – 2008-09)
  • Toronto lists one former Ranger on their roster: Colton Orr (2005-06 – 2008-09)

Henrik Lundqvist
 — 20 GP, 10-6-4, 2.66 GAA, 2 SO
Martin Biron
 — 32 GP, 14-11-2-3, 2.60 GAA, 2 SO
Brad Richards
 — 34 GP, 16-17-33
Marian Gaborik
 — 15 GP, 9-7-16
Rick Nash
 — 8 GP, 2-4-6
Michael Del Zotto
 — 11 GP, 2-2-4

    The Blueshirts posted a record of 25-2-4 in games when tallying a power play goal last season, and 34-13-3 when not allowing a power play goal.
  • Power Play: The Blueshirts were 1-4 (5:16) on Thursday at Philadelphia, and are now 2-18 (11.1%) with the man advantage through four games. Last season, the Rangers’ power play tallied eight goals in the final six games of the regular season (8-27, 29.6% over the span), and 13-56 (23.2%) in the final 15 games. New York ranked 23rd overall (44-280, 15.7%) and 19th on the road (21-134, 15.7%). The Rangers were 4-18 (13:15) in five-on-three situations (last –4/5 at PIT), and 2-9 (12:08) when four-on-three (last –3/11 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 12/5 vs. TOR (Steckel); 12/8 vs. TBL (Moore); 12/17 at PHX (Korpikoski); 4/5 at PIT (Letang).
  • Penalty Killing: The Rangers were 2-3 (5:09) on Thursday at Philadelphia, and are now 16-20 (80.0%) with one goal while shorthanded through four games. Last season, New York’s penalty kill was 52-60 (86.7%) in the final 20 games, and tied for seventh in the NHL with eight shorthanded goals. New York ranked fifth overall (224-260, 86.2%) and sixth on the road (124-142, 87.3%). The Rangers were 9-10 (6:17) in three-on-five situations (last –3/28 at WPG), and 2-3 (2:24) when three-on-four (last –2/16 vs. CHI). Shorthanded goals for (8): 10/20 at CGY (Prust); 12/8 vs. TBL (Anisimov); 12/10 at BUF (Hagelin); 12/10 at BUF (Callahan); 12/20 at NJD (Hagelin); 1/6 at PIT (Dubinsky); 2/12 vs. WSH (Prust); 3/28 at WPG (Del Zotto).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:01) on Thursday at Philadelphia, and are minus-1 in six four-on-four situations (5:46) through four games. Last season, the Rangers were plus-seven in 84 four-on-four situations (151:10), and even in two three-on-three situations (0:38). Four-on-four goals for (10): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh); 10/27 vs. TOR (Girardi); 1/2 vs. FLA (Gaborik); 2/9 vs. TBL (Stepan); 2/9 vs. TBL (Richards); 2/14 at BOS (Anisimov); 2/19 vs. CBJ (Stepan); 2/25 vs. BUF (Callahan); 3/21 vs. DET (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 2/9 vs. TBL (Lecavalier); 2/25 vs. BUF (Stafford); 3/2 at TBL (Malone).
  • Tonight’s contest will be the third of nine scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (1-1-0)
  • Henrik Lundqvist was 7-5-0 with a 2.40 GAA and one shutout against Original Six opponents last season
  • Marian Gaborik led the Rangers in scoring against Original Six opponents last season with eight goals and 14 points
  • Brad Richards tallied 12 points against Original Six opponents last season, including a team-high, eight assists
  • Michael Del Zotto led all team defensemen in scoring with 10 points (four goals, six assists) against Original Six opponents last season
  • New York is 55-33-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 16-8-4 mark vs. Toronto over the span. The Rangers’ .610 win% ranks second, trailing Detroit (.651, 44-22-7), and ahead of Montreal (.602, 76-48-13), Chicago (.533, 35-30-11), Boston (.528, 64-56-21), and Toronto (.493, 58-60-19).

    The Rangers lead the league in hits (117) and ranks second in the NHL in blocked shots (66) after four games. Captain Ryan Callahan leads the league in hits (20), and ranks first among NHL forwards in blocked shots (nine). Two Rangers – Ryan McDonagh (11) and Dan Girardi (10) – are tied for fourth and sixth in the NHL, respectively, in blocked shots.

    Marian Gaborik posted his 14th career hat trick, and fifth as a Ranger, in a 4-3 overtime win against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. He moved into a tie with Adam Graves, Andy Bathgate and Ron Duguay for 10th on the Rangers’ all-time hat trick list and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is now tied with Dallas’ Jaromir Jagr for second most career hat tricks among active NHL players. Gaborik’s game-winning goal 0:27 into overtime was his seventh tally and eighth point in the last six games against Boston.
    RANGERS RECORD WHEN… (last season):
  • Leading after the 1st period — 21-3-3 (16th in NHL)
  • Leading after the 2nd period — 30-0-3 (8th in NHL)
  • Trailing after two periods — 5-18-1 (5th in NHL; five 3rd period comeback wins)
  • Out-shooting their opponent — 30-13-1 (1st in NHL)
  • Scoring first — 35-5-3 (3rd in NHL)
  • Ryan Callahan — 1 point from 200th NHL career
  • Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
  • Derek Stepan — 1 point from 100th NHL career
  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 4
  • Arron Asham (groin, 1/20) — 2
    Total Man-Games Lost: 6


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  1. Good morning, boneheads!

    Looks like I missed an interesting discussion last night. Oh, well, I’m enjoying the weather in Florida. The wifi in the room is good enough to watch my slingbox tonight, so I’ll be here. The little princess has been a trooper on the flight and all day yesterday.

    Other than that, have we decided how Torts can fix their PP yet? If yes, let’s put it together and email it to him.

    BKB- any news on the baby yet?
    Authorben- nice to see you back!

  2. Think it is going to take a few more games. Great period against the B’s the other night. and win the game in OT.
    GARBAGE against the Flyers the next night. So the only positive there was Hank. Pyatt too surprisingly. The Flyers suck so bad that even on a crappy night they an only beat us by a goal.
    So no consistency yet, but I see that coming maybe in 4 or 5 more games. They need to figure out the PP, and work harder 5 on 5 and find a way to hang in there each game until it comes.

  3. Well look at that Benn Ferriero has been called up after playing 1 game with the Whale. So either/or

    1) The Pens AHL team is so freaking deep compared to ours that even a guy they just traded is better than anything we had there before
    2) The Whale coach made a mistake determining Newbury as the best player on the team
    3) Kreider will be benched again tonight (i agree with this because there wasnt much he could learn from that snoozefest the other night)

  4. Morning ‘Heads and LETS GO RANGERS!!

    Lev, I just mentioned elsewhere that it doesn’t say much for the guys on the Whale that a dude who has been on the team for 3 days has already been called up. Torts must really like his brand of jam!

  5. Stranger Nation on

    hope the second ‘n’ in Benn is for ‘nasty’

    all BC line of Boyle, Kreider, and Ferraros – (makes a great canoli as well)

  6. Czechthemout!!! on

    I dont understand why they wont call up JT Miller. By all reports, after a somewhat slow start, he has really played well. He even earned an all star game selection.

    It appears the cubbard is rather empty down there. The only thing left of it looks is Jasper Fasth and Oscar Lindberg, both of them will only be available after their season is over in Sweden.

    It is a bit worrisome again that their is so little of value down there. To me it means one of two things. Either they’ve missed on several of the more well known of the draft picks, or more likely,
    Ken Gernander is not that good in developing players and needs to go.

  7. I’m in Naples, Fran

    So based on a “large” sample of the current season we can conclude:

    1. The Rangers are going to finish 14-15 in EC.
    2. Ben Ferriero is the best player in Hartford.
    3. Taylor Pyatt will score 48 goals this season :-)

  8. MUST WIN TONIGHT. this is a game on the schedule you need to win. at home against a team clearlt better then

  9. It’s a must win alright. No lopul. Reimer in net. Coming off an atrocious effort. Better come out and dominate from the face off on. Right the ship. Then in ten games we can look back and giggle about the slow start.

  10. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Will be interesting to see where Ferrriero plays tonight. In San Jose he played alot on the Couture and Clowe line – not bad company.

  11. Rob in Beantown on

    I have a good feeling about tonight. 4-1 if Lundqvist is in net. 4-2 if it’s Biron. LGR!!

  12. Cross Check Charlie on

    Benn Ferrari…..hope he doesn’t run like a Fiero (remember those crappy cars?) = Championship.

  13. Won’t profess to know a huge amount of what goes on in CT, but in Gernander’s defence, it’s not like there haven’t been any players who have progressed fairly smoothly from the minors to become regular Rangers under his watch, e.g. Callahan, Dubinsky, Anisimov, Girardi, Sauer, McDonagh.

    And the loss of some of the organisational depth from his roster (e.g. Erixon, MZA, JAM) can’t be put at his door.

  14. What freaks me out is that the Make Believes score a lot. Even without Lupul. Also, Kessel has yet to score a goal but has 20 SOG. That means that he’s primed to break out tonight and net 2+.

  15. I assume that Ferrari being called up means that Kreider is back in, Asham is still out and Bickel is back on Defense. No?

  16. Stranger Nation on

    If Pyatt scores 10-12 in 48 – similar to scoring 18-20 in full season; notice he was ON the goal mouth when he scored all 3 of his goals – not a secret formula here…

    REally need Kreider to step up to balance scoring.

    3rd line of Cally-Boyle-Pyatt would pin in opponents top line and create more scoring


  17. You’re in Naples, ilb? My best friend ever lives in Naples. He is also a Dr. Just of Animals. He’s a veterinary surgeon. Maybe you two can discuss different treatment options for a half man / half puppy type creature..

  18. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Little fun fact – Leafs won both games at MSG last year and Rangers won both in Canada.

  19. I sure hope Kreider plays tonight. The kid showed that he has what it takes last year. I have faith that he can learn how to “play away from the puck.” We need him to turn into the power forward we all think he can be.


  20. I think Asham will be back in. He sounded optimistic the other day that he will play today. There really wasnt much fot Kreider to learn from that game with philly so i think he sits out another 1 or 2. I guess Bickel back on D although i wouldnt do it… This is definitely a game we should win

  21. Rob in Beantown on

    Miami Pimp, I called that story out yesterday as being horribly sexist. Whoever approved it at Blueshirts United needs to learn a little bit about this social media thing

  22. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I’d say after faking that we’re gonna try hard tonight, when Phaneuf takes his 3rd shift, we put whoever we have that’s tough and big (ooops, that’s not too much, is it?), and just go after him. He may have altered the course of our team for years with that hit on Sauer.

    Pummel him.

  23. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Let’s not forget that Toronto came to MSG early last year and soundly defeated our team.

  24. Rob in Beantown on

    I did not send it to NESN. Maybe one of the other 41 feminists who commented negatively? Also, apparently NESN is covering Rangers blogs now

  25. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    NYR, you know Torts is gonna send him down. You know it. The kid doesn’t have fire in his eyes.

  26. Stranger Nation on

    Last years Loafs game had our fav Sauer getting Paneuf’d – still cannot believe that hit has kept him out this long

    tighten those chin straps fellas

  27. I thought maybe because you were in Boston (for which I apologize). Yea. Good point. What’s up with NESN trolling Rangers Blogs and taking screen shots?

    Wow. Bye, bye Kreider.

  28. Stranger Nation on

    Chris Kreider has bone bruise/bone chip in ankle. He is still with the club but day to day doing off ice work

    oy vey – its dangerous watching from Press box

  29. I would love to know how long that bone chip has been there and then look at a timeline of his AHL performance. I remember him lighting it up early.

  30. yeah so anyone who found that “girl’s guide to watching the Rangers” thing offensive has some far bigger issues to work through

  31. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    The Post has an article in it about Step. Yep, he needs to start scoring. He had a good move or two vs. Philly. Played better some. But, he’s not the only one.

    Must be hard to see one of your big players sucking wind. Richards continues to under impress. He’s so not worth his money. But the list of lethargy goes on and on. Boyle, Halpern, The entire defense (less MacD at times), and on and on.

    Finding their identity could take time. They are a different team. It’s just the level of ferocity and effort that bothers me. Last year, win or lose, their checking (that’s pretty much a forgotten style), dropping (maybe they wont do that this year?), playing hard on the boards (they had one period v. Boston they ACTUALLY did that). Where is the effort?? Where is the willingness to sacrifice your body (only Cally plays that way now)??

    Hope it comes back soon…..

  32. Rob in Beantown on

    Yeah, the girls guide to the Rangers wasn’t “offensive,” it was just kind of tone deaf. I know plenty of ladies who like and know hockey and plenty of dudes who don’t. It’s 2013, Blueshirt United can do better than peddle in stereotypes.

  33. Ilb2001

    Ah Ha!

    The “gold coast. A full State distance from the Space Coast over in Brevard County.

    tbw has a girl friend from her CT days who lives in Bradenton just up the crick a bit from y’all

    We’ve visited her a couple of times, but she never comes east due to her fear of driving. (eh?).

    Well you’re probably enjoying the balmy waters of the Gulf Coast, hopefully avoiding the harsh Atlantic winds that we have with us all the time. Beautiful day out today here, but chilly.
    How’s your little girl enjoying the travel? My daughters go over there to Naples due to one of her friends owning property and they get to use the place. Nice work if you can get it.

    Have fun.

  34. yeah probably best to take in every possible scenario lest you should write something and run the risk of straying into the ever-metamorphosing realm of political incorrectness.

    hell why even bother having opinions at all

  35. Rob in Beantown on

    They can obviously publish whatever they want, but remember it was Blueshirt United who took the post down cause of the bad publicity. They didn’t want it up anymore cause enough people didn’t like it. That should say something

  36. I will be in section 223 tonight with my Heritage Staal jersey tonight. If anyone is there, stop on by. I am going with my brother and our record the last two years going to a game together is 5-0. Let’s hope the streak continues.

  37. more often than not, the number of people who claim “offense” in these situations are very minimal, but impulsive reactions lead to the removal of things that quite frankly are almost never a big deal. but yeah, what usually happens is the vocal minority are bowed to and the number of acceptable topics dwindles.

  38. Cross Check Charlie on

    What if they just named it “Guide for girls that don’t like hockey” or Guide for girls that no nothing about hockey” or ……Girl’s Hockey for Dummies

  39. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Lloyd, you had asked a few days ago what my second row upper level seats cost. I had to run that day. The first row upper in the center, which has cup holders and tv sets are $150. The second row, which I am in, is $90. The rows beyond that are $72, or $78 or something in between.

    On the ends, the first row is s$125 (same set up with tv’s), and second is commensurately lower, etc.

  40. The boys in blue are gonna getter done tonight…i predict jt will be getting a chance soon. And people who are always screaming about sexism are soooo lame…high school is over girly men lol…grow a pair and drive on. Feminist men are not men…they are jokes. Go rangers!!

  41. Oh look. A Jackwagon…

    Which reminds me. What happened to HWirth? That guy was pretty great.

    I hear people really stuff themselves on those cruise ships. The buffet, that’s the real ordeal, huh, Clarence?

  42. Anyone with half a brain knows that the average man is more interested in sports than women. That article was designed for women who are not hockey fans, but have guys in their life that are.

    Now we all know that there are a minority of women who are huge sports fans, but everybody who has every associated with women knows that most women do not follow sports and only have a limited knowledge of the game.

    I’m sure if you went into Manhattan and polled 100 women and asked them who John Tortorella is, you might get 10 people if you’re lucky. I don’t think you can argue that…

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